In the Saint Paul Public Schools talent development model, all students have educational experiences that provide personalized learning. Differentiated instruction is used to support learning and provide challenge. Our work supports racial equity outcomes designed to support learning through culturally responsive teaching. In core classes, electives and through additional program offerings, there are multiple opportunities to explore, discover, and expand talents.
Schools across the district offer various enrichment and accelerated support options. These levels of service can include:
- A classroom teacher trained to meet the unique needs of advanced learners
- Classroom instruction with groups of other advanced learners
- Lessons that provide greater depth, complexity, intellectual demand and accelerated pacing
- Enrichment opportunities (such as field trips, guest speakers, residencies, service learning, etc.)
- Student clubs and activities (such as student council, math club, school newspaper)
- Academic competitions (such as Lego League, chess club, Destination Imagination)
- Single-subject or grade level acceleration
- Learning opportunities that focus on social and emotional development
SPPS also offers specialized school options K-12. These programs offer specifically themed learning opportunities in addition to the District's core curriculum.
Specialized school site options include:
- Arts focus
- Music focus
- Saint Paul Music Academy (K-5)
- Language Immersion
- Schoolwide Enrichment Model
- Barack & Michelle Obama Elementary (Grades K-5)
- Gifted and Talented
- Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet (Grades 1-8)
- Culture and Enrichment
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Expeditionary Learning
- Open World Learning (Grades 6-12)
- International Baccalaureate programs
- Primary Years Programme
- Middle Years Programme
- Diploma Programme
- Career Programme
- Harding High School (Grades 11-12)
- Advanced Placement Programs
If you are interested in enrolling in one (or more) of our SPPS schools, contact or visit the Student Placement Center.
For information on applications and enrollment contact the student placement center.